About us

What We Do

Connecting the global Church through international children’s programs and mission trips.

Integrating effective programs for vulnerable children and their communities with strategic short-term mission trips provides a unique opportunity for mutual growth. It generates meaningful relationships, which lead to resources for the children and communities to thrive, and opportunities for everyone involved to experience deeper personal transformation.

What We Believe

Every person was purposefully made by perfect hands – each of us uniquely equipped for more than we can imagine. Together, we step forward in faith to discover the radical transformation our Creator has planned for us, and to serve and empower the vulnerable around the world.

Creating opportunities for people to discover their true worth and pursue God’s extraordinary purpose for their lives.

To see activated churches and individuals in the U.S. and around the world empowering the vulnerable and growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

1. God Initiated — Glorify God and further His purposes by responding to HIS initiatives.

2. Servanthood — Have the same attitude Jesus had (Phil. 2).

3. Relationships — Love people more than projects.

4. Meeting Needs — Address the needs of the poor, the marginalized and the overlooked.

5. Participation — Provide opportunities for ordinary people to participate firsthand in furthering God’s Kingdom.

6. Changed Lives — Provide opportunities that result in personal transformation.

7. Partnership — Build and maintain meaningful partnerships.

8. Empowerment — Don’t do things for people; do things with people.

9. Integrity — Live lives consistent with our professed beliefs.

10. Stewardship — Wisely steward God’s resources.

1. We believe in God the Father, who through Christ created the heavens and earth, who is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in this life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross.

3. We believe in His resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high-priestly intercession for His people that they may experience full salvation and His indwelling presence.

4. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth according to His promise.

5. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, sent to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ.

6. We believe that all people by nature and by choice are sinners, but that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

7. We believe that those who put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice in God’s presence for eternity, but those who refuse to put their trust in Him will be forever separated from Him.

8. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, divinely and uniquely inspired, absolutely trustworthy, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

9. We believe in the Church, the body of Christ, of which Christ Himself is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members.

10. We believe that Christ commissioned the Church to proclaim the gospel in word and deed throughout the world, to encourage believers in the faith, and to teach and train believers in the principles of godly, fruitful living.

history

For the first 22 years of our history—from 1983 to 2005—we were primarily a short-term missions agency engaged in a wide range of ministry activities. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Forward Edge transitioned into a full-fledged relief and development organization with ongoing field programs directed by local leaders in some of the world’s poorest countries. The majority of our short-term missionaries now serve in locations where we have ongoing programs, including Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

This unique history has positioned us to not only understand what it takes to provide meaningful, cross-cultural experiences for those serving on our mission trips, but mission opportunities that strategically support ongoing programs in the field and contribute towards lasting change. We invite you to be part of this unique and ever-unfolding story!

1983

Our first mission team served in Prato, Italy where they ministered to recovering drug addicts and shared the Gospel in the local piazzas. 

1980s

Teams helped construct children’s homes in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

1980s-1990s

Evangelism teams served in the UK, China, Cuba, Russia, Romania, numerous Summer Olympic Games, and among unreached people groups in Nepal and Tibet.

1985

Dental teams provided care in the remote highlands of Guatemala.

1986

Our first medical team served in Nicaragua.

1990s

Teams served on several Native American reservations, including the Crow (Montana), Navajo (New Mexico), and White Mountain Apache (Arizona).

1992

Our first disaster-recovery team served in Florida following Hurricane Andrew.

1999

After the 1999 Balkan War, teams came to the aid of widows and orphans in Kosovo.

2001

Following 9/11, teams served at ground zero in NYC, preparing meals for workers, and manning “prayer stations” nearby.

2000s

Teams served the materially poor in Oaxaca, Mexico by pouring concrete floors and performing cataract-removal surgeries that restored sight to the blind.

2004

Our partnership with Mama Beth’s Children’s Program in Kijabe, Kenya began.

2005

More than 3,000 team members were sent to the Gulf Coast to help Katrina survivors rebuild.

2008

A safe-water project was initiated on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, drilling wells and providing safe drinking water to thousands.

2008

Villa Esperanza (Hope Village) opened its doors as a home for girls rescued from Nicaragua’s largest open-air garbage dump.

2010

More than 1,000 team members were sent to Haiti after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.

2011

Trigo y Miel (Wheat and Honey), our program for at-risk children in Oaxaca, Mexico was launched.

2016

Our children’s program in Cuba was launched, and a partnership was formed with The Transformation Center which serves the homeless and vulnerable in Baltimore, MD.

2017

Our children’s program in Les Cayes, Haiti was launched, serving children at risk of entering a form of domestic slavery called restavek.

2018

A partnership was formed with Light a Candle Uganda, a program for at-risk children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

2010-2019

Domestic disaster-recovery teams served flood, tornado, and hurricane survivors in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Florida. International disaster-recovery teams also served in the Philippines, Mexico, Haiti, and Nepal.

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OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of highly capable and committed staff and a qualified and engaged board of directors. Our staff members are located at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in Vancouver, WA and in our various field locations. 

financials

We are committed to transparency and to responsibly managing the support entrusted to us. Through extensive program evaluation, strategic planning, and board governance, we leverage contributions for maximum impact.

Annual Tax Form 990

Audited Financials

2018 Financials

Total Revenue: $2,695,185

Cash Donations:

Gifts in Kind:

Team Fees: $314,799

Total Expenditures: $2,617,913

Programs: $2,115,434

Fundraising: $258,661

Administration: $243,818

Annual Reports

You can trust that you're making a real and lasting impact.

85% TO PROGRAMS

Only 15% of your gift to our programs will be set aside for administration and fundraising costs.

REAL TRANSFORMATION

Our children’s programs have proven effective towards long-term, holistic transformation.

CREDIBLE LOCAL LEADERS

Your investment empowers credible nationals caring for their own people & community.

DISASTER RECOVERY

We help the most vulnerable disaster survivors return home (widows, low-income families, single moms, & the elderly).